Grandma Barbie Gets Real

Comfort Loving Grandma Barbie

Comfort Loving Grandma Barbie

Would you buy a Grandma Barbie doll complete with:

  • crow’s feet,

  • reading glasses,

  • a larger waist,

  • white cotton granny panties,

  • elastic-waist jeans,

  • sensible shoes

  • and a flannel covered hot water bottle?

  • aka Over-fifty-Reality-Barbie

Comfort Loving Grandma Barbie is not available in stores – I created this Barbie spoof just for fun. But…

There is a Grandma Barbie …

I know because I own one.

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Mattel’s Happy Family Grandma Barbie

I bought Mattel’s Happy Family Grandma Barbie many years ago at Toys “R” Us. I was a public speaker and taught a message titled Beyond Barbie on body image and aging positively, so I thought Grandma Barbie would be a nice prop to hold up. I used her many times, but then I had to take a break from speaking.

Grandma Barbie was packed into a box with my other speaking items and put in the attic.

Last year, when my daughter was cleaning out the attic, my granddaughters were thrilled to find a box of Barbies. They were especially happy to find Grandma Barbie.

They asked, “Why did they make a Barbie of you?”

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The Grandma Barbie from the Box in my attic

As my granddaughters played with my Barbies, I listened in on their game of make-believe and laughed as Grandma Barbie, sounding just like me, asked, “Who’s hungry?” “Who wants candy?” and “Do you want a dollar?”

This was the beginning of a fun family project that turned into a popular instagram.

The story of how that happened is here: Barbie Gets Real 

Grandma Barbie has been very busy on her Instagram and is making up for all those years she was living in a box.

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Grandma Barbie and her Barbie Gets Real Barbie family

I am a wife, mother of four, mother-in-law to three, and grandmother to ten.

There are 19 of us in my family.

“Every house needs a grandmother in it.”

                                          ~ Louisa May Alcott

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Grandma Barbie with grandson and Fisher Price Barn

Grandmas never run out of hugs or cookies.

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What Happens at Grandma’s house stays at Grandma’s house

“The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.”

                           ~Sam Levenson, Humorist

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Grandma Barbie and grandson in nursery with Fisher Price Toys

Every parent knows that children look at their grandparents as sources of wisdom and security.                         ~David Jeremiah

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Grandma Barbie and grandson in the nursery with Teddy Bears

There’s no place like home… except Grandma’s.

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Grandma Barbie with Quin and the Barbie toys

Grandmothers are just antique little girls.

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Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild. ~Welsh Proverb

 

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Grandma and Grandpa Barbie with Lindsay’s Barbie family – Little Tikes

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.    ~Alex Haley

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Grandma Barbie walking with granddaughters

Grandmother — a wonderful mother with lots of practice.

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Grandma Barbie with granddaughters and pet rabbits

A grandparent is old on the outside but young on the inside.

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Grandma and Grandpa Barbie having cake with the grandkids

“Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.”

More quotes about Grandmothers at The Quote Garden.

 

 

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